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how fast does invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast begin to metastasis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Can do it at once: The excised invasive ductal carcinoma is a snapshot in time and no one knows how long it's been invasive. But the moment invasion has occurred, the possibility for metastasis is open. The longer the wait, the greater the risk.
Answered on Nov 2, 2017
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
IDC can present: With metastasis, or they may never occur. Factors include: size of tumor, er/pr?Her-2-neu status, lymph node involvement. Metastasis are reported even beyond 25 years, more common before 5 years, and most common within 2 years with risk increasing with bigger, triple hormone negative and more nodes +.
Answered on Nov 2, 2017
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Depends: Invasive breast cancer has the ability to spread but not all invasive cancers do spread, especially if caught early. Cancer grows at different rates in people depending on age, hormone status of the tumor and genetic make up of the person. It is important to understand all of your options regarding treatment.
Answered on Nov 2, 2017

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